Our Leadership Team


Todd J. Zywicki, Executive Director, is a George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law. Additionally, he is a senior scholar of the Mercatus Center and a senior fellow of the James Buchanan Center for Political Economy Program on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (both at George Mason University). He has been a member of the Mason law faculty since 1998, having previously served on the faculty of the Mississippi College of Law, and as a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and Boston College Law School. Zywicki clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, practiced bankruptcy and commercial law, and from 2003-04, he was director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission. Professor Zywicki earned his BA cum laude from Dartmouth College with high honors in his major (Government), his MA in economics from Clemson University, and his JD from the University of Virginia, where he was a John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics.  


Paige V. Butler, Associate Director, oversees the LEC's operational and developmental efforts. Prior to joining the Law & Economics Center, Paige was Senior Director of Education and Outreach for the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law. She has years of experience in judicial education and development as well as all aspects of center management with the JEP and its predecessor, the Law and Organizational Economics Center (LOEC). Prior to joining the LOEC, Paige worked as corporate counsel to a large financial insititution for ten years. She holds a JD from the University of Kansas as well as BS degrees in Accounting and Business Management. 



James C. Cooper, Director of Research and Policy, oversees the LEC's research efforts. Prior to joining the Law & Economics Center, James spent years at the Federal Trade Commission, serving in a variety of capacities, including advisor to Commissioner William Kovacic and Acting Director fo the Office of Policy and Planning. Prior to joining the FTC, he was an associate in the antitrust group at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, DC. James has taught law and economics at Johns Hopkins University, and his research has appeared in publications including the Antitrust Law Journal, International Journal of Industrial Organization, and the Boston University Law Review. He has a BA from the University of South Carolina, a PhD in Economics from Emory University, and a JD from George Mason University School of Law, where he was a Robert A. Levy Fellow in Law and Liberty. 



Karen M. Czarnecki, Director of Education, oversees the LEC's educational efforts. Prior to joining the Law & Economics Center, Karen worked as Chief of Staff for Representative Mike Kelly. She has years of experience in public policy, having served in the White House during two administrations and as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Labor. Karen also worked for the Heritage Foundation and The American Legal Exchange Council. She currently serves on the faculty for The Fund for American Studies and as a member of the board of visitors for their Institute on Comparative Political and Economics Systems. She received her BA in World Politics and her JD from The Catholic University of America.